Published July 21, 2023
Hello, friends! Today, we’re going to chat about a fascinating new study that’s got dog lovers and CBD enthusiasts buzzing. It seems that CBD oil might be the secret weapon for calming canine anxiety. Let’s dig in!
The Morning Rush and the Sad Pup
Picture this: It’s 8:15 a.m., you’re running late for work, and as you grab your keys and scramble for the door, you feel a gentle “boop” against your calf. Looking down, you see your furry friend with big, mournful eyes, pleading with you not to leave. Sound familiar? It’s a daily experience for many dog owners. If only there were some way to soothe their fears…
Separation-related anxiety reportedly accounts for up to 50% of referral cases to behaviorists. But recent research published in Frontiers in Veterinary Science suggests that CBD may be the answer. The study is part of a growing body of veterinary research exploring the potential benefits of cannabinoids.
Separation and travel can be major stressors for dogs. Car trips, with their mix of noise and visual stimulation, can be particularly anxiety-inducing. The study reported behaviors like trembling, panting, shaking, or whining in one out of four dogs during transportation.
Current treatments for this type of distress include pharmaceutical options such as antidepressants or pheromone-based substances. However, these pharmaceuticals often come with a host of side effects, including lethargy, seizures, and vomiting.
The CBD Solution
Given the inconsistent and often undesirable effects of drug interventions for canine stress, CBD is gaining traction as a potential alternative. A separate 6-month study found that CBD is well-tolerated and safe for healthy dogs when fed appropriately.
The study monitored 40 dogs over six months, measuring stress via wearables, video cameras, and blood sampling. Half the dogs were in a control (placebo) group and half in a CBD group. The CBD group was given a single 4 mg/kg dose of THC-free broad-spectrum CBD distillate during car tests and separation tests over six months.
Researchers determined dog stress levels by analyzing cortisol levels, body temperature, and behavioral signals, among other factors. While cortisol levels increased during car travel and separation, the CBD group did not show significant increases during the separation test or when the car and separation tests were combined.
The CBD group was deemed less sad, stressed, tense, or uncomfortable compared to the placebo group during stress tests. Ultimately, the analysis determined that the CBD group was less stressed than the placebo group.
Veterinarian Ivana Crnec responded to the study, noting, “Based on current information, CBD can help alleviate inflammation and pain, reduce anxiety, and manage seizures. However, it is highly advisable to talk to a licensed veterinarian before use.”
As more peer-reviewed scientific data becomes available, veterinarians may find it easier to discuss CBD as a treatment option for their patients.
The CBD Blaze Take
This validation of CBD’s calming effects in dogs is fantastic news for pet owners and lovers. As a dog dad myself, I know how distressing it is to see your four-legged friend filled with fear and anxiety they don’t understand. A safe plant-based remedy like CBD could provide big relief.
I’m heartened that serious scientific effort is going into veterinary CBD research. Pets are family too – they deserve access to natural wellness options just as humans do. Beyond anxiety, CBD likely holds promise for dogs in areas like pain and arthritis as well when studied further.
The cannabis flower truly keeps on giving. I hope one day cannabis remedies can provide comfort not just to people, but all members of the animal kingdom as well. CBD for all creatures great and small!
For more on the promising research into CBD for dogs, check out the original CannaTech article at https://cannatechtoday.com/just-chill-dog-new-research-finds-cbd-effective-at-calming-canine-anxiety/
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